Most skips will find themselves facing one or two high-pressure game-winning shots during an entire playoff run — a draw to win a conference semifinal, a hit to win a provincial round robin game.
For Peacock’s Skylar Ackerman at the SHSAA mixed provincial curling championships at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre this past weekend, having things that easy would have been pure luxury.
Three straight elimination games. Three times she was faced with a last shot to win. All three times she was absolute money.
And with that, the Peacock Toilers are provincial champions.
“The only thing was take a deep breath, throw it and hope for the best,” Ackerman said of her final shot for three in the championship final against Rosthern’s Braylen Knoll gave her a 9-8 win. Compared to her earlier last rocks, it was as easy as pie — a wide-open hit and stick.
The opening came after a handful of near misses earlier in the end set things up perfectly for Ackerman, who took the ice with third Jacob Radwanski, second Haley Spencer and lead Devyn Kitts.
“I was shocked,” she said. “They were shooting great all game but just had a few on the wrong side of the inch and we were able to capiltalize on it.”
Peacock had finished the round robin 2-1 after defeating Balgonie 9-4 and Meadow Lake Carpenter 6-4 before falling 5-1 to Rosthern.
That put Ackerman in a tiebreaker against Meadow Lake, where she drew for three in the eighth for a 6-5 win. In the semifinal, things were even tougher — Ackerman needed the button to defeat Rosetown. She drew the pin for the 6-5 win.
See Wednesday’ Times-Herald for more.